I'm an experienced locum who is looking to fill up my diary for the coming months (I like to be organised!). I have lots of experience in both high street practice and independents and to make things as transparent as possible, I'm going to list below how I tend to work!
I have worked in practice as a resident for most of my career, and am relatively new to locumming, having done so only for the past year or so. I am commercially aware, but my main focus is on patient care and appropriate recommendations. I am not going to recommend new spectacles to patients who have had small changes to their prescription - unless of course their glasses are in a dreadful state, and I do not prescribe tiny prescriptions to children (unless there is a valid clinical reason to do so!). I am aware of appropriate recalls (not the standard 12 months!) and I have high expectations of patient care. This might sound like common sense, but I have encountered people (and practices) who work in a very different way, and have a different mentality - I do not return to these places!
If this sounds like the sort of optometrist cover that you would like, then I would be glad to discuss coming and working in your practice for you. I cannot commit to regular days (at this stage) because I tend to move all over the country with my blocks, though I am finding most cover is needed in Cornwall, Devon, Wales and Norfolk.
Please PM me if you need some cover,